Another Turntable Offering:

Thorens TD-166 MKII Turntable in Custom Solid Walnut Plinth, $595 plus shipping


Why buy a restored vintage Thorens turntable from Vinyl Nirvana?

When you buy a restored turntable from Vinyl Nirvana, the table has undergone a multistep inspection, tuning, and detailing regimen.  The work is performed by me, someone who has worked exclusively on belt driven, suspended subchassis turntables such as Thorens, Linn, and AR for over a decade.  I know these models intimately, and have developed techniques over my lifetime to restore them to the best condition possible.

In addition, since I have probably the largest selection of parts for these turntables in North America, if it is determined by inspection that something needs to be replaced because it is missing, broken or worn, it happens. Though all of the turntables I sell will be 100% functional, because of their age, cosmetic condition will vary.  It is my pledge to you that any and all cosmetic defects will be pointed out in the item description, and whenever it is possible, photographs will be provided.  When you buy from me, it is not like eBay where you have to wonder if you are getting what you are really getting.  If there is a flaw cosmetically, you will know it is there.

As a potential buyer, you should know I don’t just service these turntables, I love them.  Though I have restored hundreds of them, I still find great joy in bringing a vintage turntable back to its glory.  Likewise, if the turntable has been customized, I cared deeply that those items are the best possible ones I can source.  For example, my custom plinths are built by a finish carpenter with over 30 years of experience, someone who cares as much about their sound construction as their beauty.  Likewise, when something is custom painted or powercoated, I go to a professional company, one of the most highly regarded in New England.  Those are just two examples, but I have made it my mission, when I do farm out work, to get people who care about their finished product the same way I do.

Finally, because none of the above will matter if the turntable doesn’t reach you in one piece, I have extensive experience in safely shipping vintage turntables.  I know the tricks and the techniques to get your turntable to you without incident.  I literally ship over 100 turntables per year, and my success rate is over 99%.  In the fractional amount of cases where there is a problem, it is always resolved with your complete satisfaction as my goal.  A lot of businesses make that claim; with me you will find it is a way of life.


This Week’s Thorens TD-166 MKII with Custom Solid Walnut Plinth

Most times when I use a custom plinth, I reserve it for a turntable that has been customized in other ways.  In this case, for a change of pace, I just decided to mount a TD-166 MKII into this gorgeous solid walnut base.  Add the custom acrylic dust cover, and the look is just gorgeous…yet at a more affordable price than what I usually charge for a table with a custom plinth.

Cosmetically, this table is an 7.5 on a scale of 1-10. (I’m a hard rater.) The  solid walnut plinth is new.   The metal portion of the plinth is in fair to good condition.  There are several areas with some very faint scratching/scuffing. The scratching is so light that it is not visible from certain angles; hopefully I was able to capture it in the various photos.  Some is under the platter, but some is also visible with the platter in place. (see detailed pics)

As mentioned above, the new custom acrylic dust cover is included.  In terms of upgrades, I added a new felt mat,   upgrade feet, new rca plugs, and a 3/4″ plyboard bottom.

Cartridges for the Thorens TD-166MKII

If you purchase this table, we can discuss cartridge options as part of the sale. I have several recommendations. My first choices would be the Ortofon OM-10 Super @ $72 or the OM-20 Super @ $179.  If you allow me to mount and align your cartridge, it makes set-up in your home that much easier.


Top plate is presentable from a few feet away

Top plate is presentable from a few feet away

However, as you look closer, you can see the light scratches and scuffs

However, as you look closer, you can see the light scratches and scuffs


Better angle of the scratches behind the power switch...the worst section

Better angle of the scratches behind the power switch…the worst section

Here's what you can see with platter in place

Here’s what you can see with platter in place


Custom acrylic cover IS included

Custom acrylic cover IS included!


The Details

The shipping is not included.  This table will be packed like it is a fragile pane of glass. I simply care too much for these tables to just shove them in a box. I will carefully pack the table in extra sturdy boxes. and bubble wrap.

I love introducing someone new to the joys of vinyl, getting someone back into vinyl who left it for the “superiority” of cds, or helping someone else who does appreciate it to “move up.” In that regard, I do what few sellers do…if the buyer needs it, I can supply up to one hour of help by phone with set up. (At a mutually arranged time.) In general, most buyers don’t need it, but if there IS a problem, I am there.

Your table is guaranteed to look and work as described, or you may return it within ten days of arrival for a full refund, minus return shipping charges and a 5% restocking fee.  After ten days, all returns are for merchandise credit only.